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A Week in Changping

Monday afternoon: Changping really is a dump. Well, I can’t really rip the place off too much, I’ve only spent four days here and most of that time has been spent either working or hiding in my apartment. But what I’ve seen of outside doesn’t really inspire...

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nouvelle ordinateur

Lenovo. Hey, it must be good, Ronaldinho advertises it. So we went to get my old Tsinghua Tongfang computer fixed today. On the way back, we bought a new Lenovo. Decent model, pretty good deal. It's got to be one of the weirder impulse buys I've ever...

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WE WON

WE WON!!!!!!!!!!!!! 32-12, if I remember rightly, not a bad score at all, especially considering Aussie scored the first try. And it was a pretty good try, too, I have to admit. But the All Blacks very quickly came back to take control of the game and...

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leaving

My computer seems to be ill again. The day before yesterday it refused to start for quite some time. All I could convince it to do when I pushed the 'on' button was to flash its lights once, check the DVD drive, then sit there with the fan whirring and...

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more meaningless bollocks

Something I forgot to add the other day: For those of you who are familiar with the goodness that is 金百万/Jinbaiwan in Beijing, especially the super-goodness that is Jinbaiwan's 松俞西里 Songyu Xili (I may have the wrong character for 'yu'. Help.) branch,...

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exploding beer and other adventures

Last Friday afternoon I rushed up to Beijing . Last Saturday evening lzh left for two weeks training for her new job. The training was in Shanghai . Well, I tried to rush up to Beijing . My last class on Friday afternoon finishes at 2:30, which leaves...

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language

Language, man...... So I've studied French, German, Russian and Chinese to various levels and for varying lengths of time. Sometimes it just fries my brain. So, being an English teacher in a programme that is supposed to provide quality, professional...

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This is meant to be incoherent

A lot of this I was going to write days ago. But other things got in the way. Now I have a lot more to write about, or at least, I thought I did at 10 this morning. I’ll try, but I may well have forgotten half of it already. Two films: The Road to Guantanamo...

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People, places and stuff

People are weird. We were lucky on the train to Dalian. Often hard seat can turn into hell in a tin can. Part of what can make it good or bad is the people sitting around you, and it was in that respect that we were lucky. In our little group there was...

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